Date & Time: Oct 14, 2013 at 0907 LT
Type of aircraft:
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Scheduled Revenue Flight
Los Mochis – Loreto – Ciudad Constitución
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The single engine aircraft departed Loreto Airport at 0901LT on a flight to Ciudad Constitución, carrying 13 passengers and one pilot. Weather conditions were poor with limited visibility and heavy rain falls due to the presence of the tropical storm 'Octave'. Six minutes after takeoff, while cruising at an altitude of 3,900 feet, the airplane impacted the slope of a rocky mountain located in the Sierra de La Giganta. The wreckage was found two days later some 26 km west of Loreto. The aircraft disintegrated on impact and all 14 occupants were killed.
Controlled flight into terrain after the pilot suffered a spatial disorientation while cruising in unfavorable weather conditions due to the presence of the tropical storm 'Octave'.